Total Recall (2012) doesn’t really need to exist. Since the original was a hard R sci-fi classic and a fun Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. Two things that should never be remade. So when I heard there was going to be a reboot, I knew it wasn’t going to be as good. That feeling grew even more when I found out Colin Farrell was going to play Quaid.
Other Arnie remakes at least tried to get somebody who matched him physically. That definitely wasn’t the only change I noticed. They dropped Mars from the story completely. A key element from the book and the original. After the Rekall implant, Quaid simply goes on the run throughout the futuristic city. Making the entire movie feel like a generic action thriller. Nothing really stands out about it, that’s how generic it is. Things like the robot woman face is replaced by a holographic face. While the whole blonde woman thing isn’t present. Since Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel are both brunettes.
It’s also PG-13! Which is always a bad sign for a remake to a movie remembered for being R (let alone a Paul Verhoeven movie). It’s extra confusing, because they decided to keep the three breasted woman in the movie. Even though it doesn’t make any sense without mutants. Aside from that interesting gravity elevator idea, Total Recall (2012) is a dull mess.
Reboot of: Total Recall (1990)